Monday, February 27, 2017

Author Interview + Giveaway: THE VALIANT by Lesley Livingston

 Lost to history, the story of the female gladiator has never been told. Until now.

Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king and the younger sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha. When Fallon was just a child, Sorcha was killed while defending their home from the armies of Julius Caesar.

On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister's footsteps and earn her place in her father's war band. She never gets the chance.

Fallon is captured by ruthless brigands who sell her to an elite training school for female gladiators owned by none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon s family might be her only hope of survival. 

Now, Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, deadly fights in and out of the arena, and perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier and her sworn enemy.

  1. In your own words, can you tell us about The Valiant? 
    At its heart, The Valiant is the story of a girl who struggles to achieve her dreams in the shadow of her older sister’s legacy—but is forced to go about facing that struggle in ways she could never have imagined. With the added bonus of swords, battle kilts, deadly arena fights and a sexy legionnaire!
  2. Did anything in particular inspire you to write this Historical Fiction?
    I’ve always been fascinated with ancient civilizations and cultures—particularly Celtic and Classical—but it was really some recent archaeological discoveries, along the reexamination of already-discovered artifacts, focusing new attention on the potential realities of female gladiators that really sparked my imagination with this story.
  3. We're introduced to a lot of amazing characters! Could you tell us a little about who we will meet? Any favorites?
Ha! I hate playing favorites—the other characters always make you pay for it! But, along with Fallon and her fellow gladiatrices (both friend and foe), I will say that I had a ton of fun writing scenes with some actual historical figures who make appearances in the story. It’s always an intriguing challenge to take the characters that are purely constructs of your imagination and introduce them to elements of the story that have tangible roots in reality.
  1. Sisterhood plays a huge part in this book. Did you base any of the characters off of people you know personally? 
    I generally don’t base characters off people I know in real life, and I don’t have any biological sisters, but I do have some amazing female friends I would call sisters (as I’m raiding their closets in true sisterly fashion!) and those relationships resonate in The Valiant, I think. I also have girlfriends who are amazing stunt-fighters and to say that I based certain aspects of Fallon & Co. off those amazing kick-butt ladies would not exactly be a stretch.
  2. If you could choose one quote to share from the book, what would it be? 
    Hmm… How about: “Uri, vinciri, verberari, ferroque necari!”  *evil grin*
  3. Are you working on any other projects?
I am! In fact, I’m currently working on the sequel to The Valiant! It’s called The Defiant and I’m insanely excited about it!! You can read about the deal announcement for it here:

Just a few fun questions! 
  1. Which Hogwarts House would Fallon be sorted into? 
    Gryffindor, I’m pretty sure, with maybe a smidgen of Ravenclaw! (Ravens, of course, being sacred to Fallon’s goddess, The Morrigan!)
  2. What would be your weapon of choice going into a battle? 
Last time I answered this question, I fought Retiarius-style. Think I’ll go with chariot and spear this time. Y’know, switch it up a little. Also – horsies!!

Lesley Livingston is the author of Once Every Never, winner of the inaugural Copper Cylinder Award and shortlisted for the CLA Young Adult Book Award and the BC Stellar Book Award. She is also the author of the Wondrous Strange and Starling trilogies. She lives in Toronto. 

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of The Valiant by Lesley Livingston (ARV: $17.99 each).
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Monday, January 23, 2017

Blog Tour // REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: CITY OF SAINTS & THIEVES by Natalie C. Anderson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling YA murder mystery set in Kenya.

In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn't exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill's personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.

With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.
RATING: 4.5/5 Stars
Mystery / Thriller

Monday, December 12, 2016

BLACK MOON by Romina Russell blog tour: House Virgo


Book 3 in the breathtaking sci-fi space saga inspired by astrology that will stun fans of the Illuminae Files and Starbound series. 

One final secret stands between Rho and the enemy. But will the devastating truth be enough to destroy her first?

Rho, the courageous visionary from House Cancer, lost nearly everything when she exposed and fought against the Marad, a mysterious terrorist group bent on destroying balance in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now, the Marad has disappeared without a trace, and an uneasy peace has been declared. 

But Rho is suspicious. She believes the Master is still out there in some other form. And looming over all are the eerie visions of her mother, who died many years ago, but is now appearing to Rho in the stars. 

When news of a stylish new political party supported by her best friend, Nishi, sends Rho on another journey across the galaxy, she uses it as an opportunity to hunt the hidden master and seek out information about her mother. And what she uncovers sheds light on the truth–but casts darkness upon the entire Zodiac world.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Review + Release Day: THE LOVELY RECKLESS by Kami Garcia

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia, a contemporary romance full of loss, love and redemption…
Seventeen year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad―an undercover cop. She transfers to public school in the Downs, where fistfights in the halls don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.
Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him . . . and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?
Your own heart will race with each page turn of this heart-stopping star-crossed love story.
Summary from Amazon

"The Lovely Reckless is a fast-paced, fresh read that you'll want to devour in one sitting. I'm obsessed!" ―Anna Todd, Internet Sensation & New York Times Bestselling Author of the After Series

The Lovely Reckless has everything I hope for in a book. Packed with the perfect blend of suspense, drama, romance, and heart, Kami Garcia has truly topped herself.” ―Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times bestselling author of November 9

A pitch-perfect story of surviving loss, finding love, and saving oneself―all set in a world of fast cars and smooth criminals. The Lovely Reckless thrills from beginning to end.” ―Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Young Elites series 

Rating: 4/5 stars

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Gif Reaction/Review: A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT by Sabaa Tahir

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.
Let me just start out with this: